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Posted: February 20, 2012
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bill Haas stood on Riviera Country Club's 10th green Sunday evening, a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball in one hand and his Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid putter in the other. His ball marker sat on the putting surface, 43 feet from the hole for birdie.Minutes later, Haas walked toward the hole with his right fist the air, his Pro V1x golf ball now resting at the bottom of the cup.It would prove to be the final birdie of the 2012 Northern Trust Open, Haas winning the tournament on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to conclude a standout weekend for Titleist equipment players.Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists combined for six wins Sunday around the globe, including Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng's repeat victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand.Through the first 50 days of 2012, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x players have won 19 times across the worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with three and more than all other golf balls combined.For Haas, it was the second win in his last six official PGA Tour events, dating back to last September's double-victory in the Tour Championship/FedEx Cup Playoffs.Both wins came in playoffs. Both were highlighted by improbable up-and-downs, one from the edge of a water hazard (Tour Championship) and one from a patch of gnarly kikuyu rough (Northern Trust Open).Both times, Haas relied on his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge to get his Pro V1x to the putting surface and keep him in the running."That's a hard putt," said Haas, the reigning FedEx Cup Champion. "In my opinion I hit a really good chip just to get it to (43 feet), so I was happy about that. I thought I put myself in the best position to give myself the best case to continue the playoff.
"It just happened that I won right there."Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Haas closed with a 2-under 69 to finish the four days at Riviera 7-under 277, tied with his two playoff partners.Haas was one of 94 Titleist golf ball players in the field, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in iron sets (42); sand, lob and approach wedges (125); and putters (63).For the week, Haas tied for first in Putts per Round (25.8) and was third in the Strokes Gained (2.251) putting statistic. Here's a closer look at Bill Haas' Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º (Fujikura Speeder 757)3-wood: Titleist 910F 13.5º (Fujikura Motore VC 8.1)Irons: Titleist CB 2-P (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 54•10º, 60º•E (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Mid
• LPGA: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng birdied her final two holes Sunday to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for the second consecutive year.On the final hole, Tseng, who earned seven LPGA victories in 2011, nearly holed out her Pro V1x golf ball for eagle. Instead, she tapped in for the birdie and the one-shot victory."I didn't know my ball was that close," said Tseng, who finsihed with a 6-under 66 and 19-under 269 total."After I saw that, I was really happy. It wasn't like two feet and then I would be really nervous. That tap-in putt was great. It feels really good to win here again."Tseng topped a leader board the featured three Titleist golf ball players in the top four, including Pro V1 loyalists Jiyai Shin (3rd) and Amy Yang (4th).A total of 46 players in the field relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than five times the nearest competitor with eight and more than all other golf ball combined.• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger captured his first career European Tour title, shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, Kruger finished with a 14-under 274 total at DLF Golf & Country Club. For the week, he totaled, 11 birdies, three eagles and just three bogeys.On the 72nd hole Sunday, he stuck his Pro V1x to 10 feet to seal the victory.“I’m very relieved to win for the first time,” said Kruger. “If you want to win you need to make putts on the final day and I did that today."Kruger was one 87 players in the field that played Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls, more than five times the nearest competitor and more than all other golf balls combined.• SOUTH AFRICAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Oliver Bekker won the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie from 10 feet on the final hole to secure his second Sunshine Tour victory. Bekker closed in 2-under 70 for a 13-under 276 total, two strokes clear of fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Tyrone Ferreira (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Thomas Aiken.“It’s an awesome feeling to win the Di-Data (Pro-Am) – it’s one of the premier events on our tour – it’s what you dream about on the Sunshine Tour,” he said.A total of 107 players teed up Titleist golf balls in the event, nearly three times the nearest competitor with 37 and more than all competitors combined.AUSTRALASIAN: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gareth Paddison (Pro V1) won the Victorian PGA Championship, leading a 1-through-6 finish for Titleist golf ball players.Paddison finished the four rounds at 7-under 277 for a one shot victory over Leighton Lyle (Pro V1x).Titleist golf ball players occupied nine of the top 10 positions on the final leader board.?• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kenny Perry cruised to his second-career Champions Tour title at the ACE Group Classic.Perry rolled his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdie on the 18th hole of TwinEagles GC's Talon Course Sunday to close with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot victory."I really wanted that (final) putt…" said Perry. "Ecstatic. It's a great win for me."After setting the tour's 36-hole scoring record (64-62), Perry finished at 20-under 196.Fifty-five players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with 12 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first iron sets (21).• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship with 99 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 17 and more than all other golf balls combined. Titleist was also No. 1 in iron sets (45); sand, lob and approach wedges (15); and putters (49).
Posted: February 17, 2012
It’s great to be back on the PGA Tour. Since my last blog I have played Sony, Torrey Pines, Phoenix and Pebble Beach and while my results haven’t been stellar, I am really happy with my play so far this season. Had a great start to the year leading the Sony after the first round, and that really felt great. But obviously a little disappointing to move back each day, but all in all satisfied with my result in Hawaii. Took the following week off to play and practice in Scottsdale, but mostly because I wanted to set myself up for a run of 4 straight events to see how my back holds up. I’m playing my fourth in a row this week in L.A. and so far I’m feeling great. There’s obviously going to be some fatigue but I’m happy with where my back is at.
The Phoenix Open in Scottsdale is always a blast. It’s the only golf event on the planet where you actually risk getting boo’d if you hit a poor shot! There is nothing like it. The fans on 16 are just insane. In a word, the Phoenix Open is simply a “party.” It’s a very unique experience and if I wasn’t a pro golfer I would definitely attend the event as a spectator. Also, really great to see so many Canadian spectators out at the events. It’s incredible the amount of support Canadian golfers receive from back home. It means so much. Proud to be Canadian.
I’m so looking forward to Riviera this week. It’s an awesome course and it’s in immaculate shape for the tournament.
I feel my game is close. I have shot some nice rounds, but haven't been able to group any good rounds together. Making 3 of the first 4 cuts without my best stuff makes me optimistic about the rest of the season.
Thanks again to Titleist for giving me the forum to share some thoughts. See you next time.
Posted: February 7, 2012
Last season, Golf Digest asked 66 PGA Tour players this question: Who is the best athlete on tour?The majority chose Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland, also considered by many to be the longest hitter on tour.Newsflash: As the result of changes in swing mechanics and equipment, including a move from the Titleist Pro V1 to Pro V1x golf ball, Gary's gotten even longer.Late in 2011, Gary began working on his swing with Butch Harmon, a key member of the Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff. One thing Butch emphasized during their sessions was the importance of Gary using his skill and athleticism to shape shots. “We’re getting him to move the ball around, change his trajectory a little, change the setup and the path of his swing and get more of a variety of shots, which he needs to have," Harmon told the Associated Press last week.As a result, a few equipment tweaks and changes followed.Gary adjusted the SureFit Tour hosel setting on his Titleist 910 7.5º driver from C•1 (6.75º loft, 57.75º lie) to A•1 (standard; 7.5º loft, 58.5º lie), adding roughly one degree of effective loft. He made the same change to his Titleist 910Fd 13.5º fairway metal (C•1 to A•1).After a testing session with Fordie Pitts of Titleist Golf Ball R&D on the range early last week at TPC Scottsdale, Gary also switched golf ball models from Pro V1 to Pro V1x.Gary initially sought out Fordie having noticed an increase of spin off of his irons.
He wanted to make sure he was playing the best Titleist golf ball for his new swing.On Monday, Fordie had Gary test the lower-spin Pro V1x in front of a TrackMan launch monitor. With Gary's short and mid irons, the data showed a reduction of about 150-200 rpm in spin as well as a slight increase (1-1.5 mph) in ball speed. With his driver, Gary's ball speed increased about 4 mph with very similar spin (2,593 rpm).Gary was pleased with the numbers, and took the Pro V1x out on the course for more testing.
Off the irons, the Pro V1x launched a little higher and longer (3 to 7
yards), hitting and stopping faster on the greens and giving him the control he needed on his scoring shots. He had the same confidence around the greens, as well.
Off the driver, his carry yardage increased about 14 yards, to the point
where the other players in his practice round group couldn't help but
laugh and shake their heads. (These are extremely rare numbers, to be
On Thursday, Gary walked to the first tee with a Pro V1x in his pocket, confident he was playing the ball that best suited his game.
He would go to finish T-4 for the week in Greens in Regulation (76.4 percent), closing out the tournament with a 5-under 66 Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.
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Posted: February 6, 2012
CONFIDENCE. TRUST. VICTORY
Brand Ambassador Kyle Stanley Comes from Behind to
Win Waste Management Phoenix Open
Fairhaven, MA (February 6, 2012) - On
one of the biggest sports days of the year, Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyle Stanley charged to a victory more
than worthy of Super Bowl-sized acclaim.
One week after finishing runner-up in a
playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, Stanley, one of the several young guns
in the Titleist stable, authored a Sunday performance of perseverance at the
Waste Management Phoenix Open that the golf world won't soon forget. The 24-year old, trusting Titleist equipment
from tee-to-green, rallied from eight shots back in the final round to earn his
first PGA Tour victory by one shot over fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane.
Stanley combined with Titleist Brand
Ambassador Kieran Pratt and Pro V1x
loyalist Paul Lawrie to sweep the three
events played across last week’s worldwide professional tours.
WHAT’S IN KYLE STANLEY’S BAG?: Titleist
Pro V1x golf ball, 910D3 (8.5)
driver, 910Fd (13.5) fairway metal, 503i 2-iron, MB (4-P) irons, Vokey Design
Spin Milled approach (52), sand (56) and lob (60) wedges, Scotty Cameron
Timeless (GSS) putter.
Stanley fired four consecutive rounds in the
60’s, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a 15-under 269 victory total. He topped a leaderboard that included all
Titleist golf ball loyalists among the top seven finishers.
Crane (Pro V1x, 910D2 driver, 910F
fairway metal, 910H hybrid, AP1/5 and AP2/6-9 irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges),
who finished runner-up following a final-round 5-under 66, was followed by Spencer Levin (3rd/Pro V1x)
and Titleist Brand Ambassadors D.J.
Trahan (4th/Pro V1x, 909D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, MB
irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges, Scotty Cameron GoLo putter), Brendan Steele (T5/Pro V1x, 910D3
driver, 910F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges,
Scotty Cameron GoLo Mid putter) and Kevin
Na (T5/Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 910F fairway metal, 910H hybrids, AP2 irons,
Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Tour Rat putter), and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (T5/Pro V1x).
A total of 92 players in the field at TPC
Scottsdale relied upon Titleist golf balls for their success, more than eight
times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also first in irons sets (39); sand, lob and approach wedges
(128); and putters (59).
Stanley's victory in the desert was
highlighted by both power and precision, not to mention some grit and
Two weeks ago, Stanley paid a visit to the
Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., a short drive from Torrey
Pines, where he was participating in the Farmers Insurance Open. There, he
worked with Dr. Greg Rose on his alignment, getting himself squared up from
what had become an open stance. As a
result of the realignment, Stanley lost some backspin with his Titleist 910D3
TPI’s Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino
Antenucci, changed Stanley's driver head from 7.5º to 8.5º, keeping the SureFit
Tour hosel in the A•1 position (standard loft, standard lie). Immediately, Stanley had a better ball
flight, more shot-shaping control and about 2,400 rpm of backspin. Of course, the results speak for themselves:
In Phoenix, Stanley finished 3rd
in Greens in Regulation (79.2) and is now 9th (75.2) on the 2012 PGA
TOUR. He is also 8th in
Driving Distance to date with an average of 308.2 yards. His tee-to-green success places him atop the
FedExCup Points (846) and PGA TOUR Money (nearly $1.8 million) lists.
Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie
(Pro V1x) moved back into the Official World Golf Ranking's top 50 for the
first time since 2003 after a flawless performance earned him a second
Commercialbank Qatar Masters title. Long
known on Tour by the nickname "Chippy" for his short-game prowess,
Lawrie chipped in twice during a brilliant closing 7-under 65 that gave him a
15-under 201 total, four shots clear of his nearest competitor. The event was shortened to 54 holes following
severe wind conditions on Friday.
With the victory, Lawrie, who also won this
event in 1999, earns a spot in the 64-man WGC-Accenture Match Play later this
month and the 24-man Volvo World Match Play in May.
It was a 1-2 -3 finish for Titleist Brand Ambassadors at the Zaykabar
Myanmar Open where Kieran Pratt (Pro
V1x, 909D3 driver, 910F fairway metals, MB irons, Vokey Design SM4 wedges,
Scotty Cameron SS Newport 2 putter) birdied the second hole of a playoff to top
Adam Blyth (Pro V1x, 910F fairway
metal, CB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Select Fastback putter)
and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Pro V1x, 910D3 driver, 712 Series CB irons,
Vokey Design SM4 wedges) to capture his first Asian Tour title.
Seven of the top 10 finishers trusted a
Titleist golf ball for their success.
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On one of the biggest sports days of the year, Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyle Stanley charged to a victory more than worthy of Super Bowl-sized acclaim.One week after finishing runner-up in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, Stanley, 24, came from eight shots back Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to earn his first PGA Tour victory, authoring a story of perseverance that golf won't soon forget."I just tried to focus on playing golf," said Stanley, who combined with Titleist Brand Ambassador Kieran Pratt and Pro V1x loyalist Paul Lawrie to sweep the three events played last weekend across the worldwide professional tours."I knew I was playing well coming into this week," Stanley said. "I think the biggest challenge was seeing if I could put last week behind me. I think I did."Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and bag full of Titleist equipment, including a new set of Titleist MB (712 Series) irons, Stanley closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a 15-under 269 total and one-shot victory, leading a 1-through-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players.Fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Crane (Pro V1x) finished runner-up after a final-round 5-under 66. He was followed by Spencer Levin (3rd, Pro V1x) and Titleist Brand Ambassadors D.J. Trahan (4th, Pro V1x), Brendan Steele (5th, Pro V1x) and Kevin Na (5th, Pro V1x), and Pro V1x loyalist Bubba Watson (5th).A total of 92 players in the field at TPC Scottsdale relied Titleist golf balls for their success, more than eight times the nearest competitor with 11 and more than all competitors combined. Titleist was also first in irons sets (39); sand, lob and approach wedges (128); and putters (59).Stanley's victory in the desert was highlighted by both power and precision, not to mention some grit and determination.At the par-5 13th, Stanley ripped a 376-yard tee shot with his 910 driver and hit his Titleist MB 9-iron to 20 feet to set up an eventual two-putt birdie. On the par-4 14th, he drove his Pro V1x golf ball 325 yards down the middle of the fairway, pitched to 12 feet and rolled in the birdie putt with his Scotty Cameron Timeless GSS.On the par-4 17th, Stanley used his Vokey Design Spin Milled 56•14º wedge to hit a highlight-reel recovery shot from beneath a cactus (see video below), and two-putted for par. Stanley, who hit 89 percent of his greens in regulation Sunday, sent his approach shot on the par-4 18th to 12 feet above the hole. He two-putted for the one-shot victory."You know… this week I just kind of tried to just let it happen, not think about it, and just focus on things that I could control," said Stanley. Two weeks ago, Stanley paid a visit to the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., a short drive from Torrey Pines and the Farmers Insurance Open. There, he worked with Dr. Greg Rose on his alignment, getting himself squared up from what had become an open stance.As a result of the realignment, Stanley lost some backspin with his Titleist 910D3 7.5º driver. Enter: Senior Club Fitting Analyst Dino Antenucci, who changed Stanley's driver head from 7.5º to 8.5º, keeping the SureFit Tour hosel in the A•1 position (standard loft, standard lie).Immediately, Stanley had a better ball flight, more shot-shaping control and about 2,400 rpm of backspin.Of course, the results speak for themselves.Here's a closer look at Kyle Stanley's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Kaili 70X)3-wood: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi Fubuki 83X)Hybrid: Titleist 503i 2-iron (Project X 6.5)Irons: ; Titleist MB (712 Series) 4-P (Project X 6.5)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52•08º, 56•14º, SM4 60•10º (Dynamic Gold S-400)Putter: Scotty Cameron Timeless (GSS)
“Fantastic. It feels great to win the first event of the year," said Pratt, who finished regulation tied with Blyth and Aphibarnra at 15-under 273.
you want to get off to a fast start but to win is obviously better."
Pratt was one of 80 players in the field that teed up a Titleist golf ball, more than twice the nearest competitor with 36, including seven of the top 10 on the final leader board.